Medical Robotics Expert Witness

Medical Robotics Expert

The first use of a robot during surgery was roughly thirty years ago when a PUMA industrial robot was used during a brain biopsy. The accuracy and repeatability of the robot made it attractive because the procedure required very precise placement of the biopsy needle deep within the brain. The accuracy and repeatability of industrial robots has also prompted their use to mill precise fittings in the femur during robotic hip replacement surgery. More recently, the DaVinci robot is being used in many different robotic surgical procedures; including surgery for prostate cancer, hysterectomy and mitral valve repair. This robot is tele-operated, meaning an actual surgeon controls the motion of the DaVinci with remote controls.

There are aspects of robotics (mechanisms, articulation, remote operation, etc.) in a wide variety of surgical and medical instruments. There are robotic suturing devices, robotic stapling devices, endoscopes, laparoscopes and catheter-based tools being used in cardiology, urology, neurology, gastroenterology, gynecology, and many others.

Robots are also used in many manufacturing operations in the medical and pharmaceutical fields. The traditional benefits of applying robotics to manufacturing processes include the robotís ability to tirelessly and repeatedly follow mundane manufacturing sequences. In medical and pharmaceutical applications the traditional benefits are coupled with the benefit that the robot can be sterilized for processes such as IV bag manufacturing that require sterility.

I have professional experience designing both medical instruments and machines for manufacturing medical devices. In cases involving medical robotics or mechanisms, I can support your litigation efforts as a medical robotics expert and medical instruments expert witness. My qualifications include numerous peer-reviewed publications and over thirty years of engineering experience with software, robotics, instrumentation, medical devices, computer-controlled machines and factory automation. 

I accept a small number of litigation support engagements to complement my regular employment as a professional engineer designing automation and robotic systems.


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